Bitter Sweet Overview:

Bitter Sweet (1940) was a Musical - Drama Film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and produced by Victor Saville.


MacDonald and Eddy vocalize through 19th-century Vienna in this second film version of Noel Coward's operetta. A must for Jeanette and Nelson fans, but tolerable also for the score and the lush Technicolor.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, John S. DetlieNominated
Best CinematographyOliver T. Marsh, Allen DaveyNominated

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Musical Monday: Bitter Sweet (1940)

on Apr 17, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: “Bitter Sweet” (... Read full article

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Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: [over a very sparse dinner] Oh well, maybe it's all for the best. I hear more people die from overeating than from any other cause.
Carl Linden: I bet we'll be immortal, then. I hate Herr Weiller.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: I hate the market keeper.
Carl Linden: I hate the landlord.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: That's not fair, *I* was going to hate the landlord. *You* hate Herr Weiller again.

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Except for a few shots where she was doubled by Audrey Scott, Jeanette MacDonald did most of her own horseback riding.
Noel Coward's wistful reflection in song, "If Love Were All," sung by Jeanette MacDonald, was deleted from the movie. In the 1933 British-made film production, Anna Neagle had sung the classic ballad.
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